Michael Vaughan gives a fitting reply to Kevin Pietersen's tweet on the dipping batting standards

Michael Vaughan gives a fitting reply to Kevin Pietersen’s tweet on the dipping batting standards

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan replied to Pietersen's tweet by displaying the performance of young England all-rounder Sam Curran in the ongoing series against India.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan. (Photo by Nigel Roddis/Getty Images for PCA)

The current England batting line-up has had a really hard and toilsome time in the middle during the recent Test series against Pakistan, New Zealand, Australia and presently in this home series against India. The main worrying point has been the form of their experienced batting duo, opener Alastair Cook and skipper Joe Root, as they are considered to be the two main pillars of this England Test side.

Cook has failed to convert his starts to big scores in the current series against India, which has burdened the pressure on the rest of the batting order. Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen recently mentioned that the rise of T20 franchise cricket has deeply effected the batting standards in County cricket.

T20 franchise cricket has led to the downfall of County cricket

Pietersen who was part of the WT20 winning England team in 2009, feels that the rise of T20 franchise cricket across the globe seems to be having negative impact on standards of batting in County cricket. He mentioned that all the T20 leagues contested in the world currently are offering the players a lot of money to earn, which is deflating the importance of playing County cricket.

The former England batsman also noted that this development is majorly affecting the youngsters whose progress seems to have declined at a massive rate with the introduction of T20 franchise cricket. “The world of T20 franchise cricket has hurt County Cricket. Why would the best pro’s play CC when they can earn big $$ playing T20’s. Therefore, the standard of CC batting has declined rapidly which means the growth of youngsters is a lot slower than where it was,” wrote Pietersen on his Twitter handle.

Vaughan’s reply

Former England cricketer Michael Vaughan replied to Pietersen’s tweet by displaying the performance of young England all-rounder Sam Curran in the ongoing series against India. Curran came up with a sensational performance in the first Test match at Edgbaston where he played an important knock of 63 runs with the bat and also picked up five wickets. The youngster was also awarded the man of the match for his all-round winning performance in the Test match.

After being dropped in the third Test match, Curran was included in the team for the ongoing fourth Test in place of injured Chris Woakes and the 20-year-old once again showed his worth with a phenomenal knock of 78 runs to bail his team out of trouble and help them post a challenging total. Vaughan mentioned in his reply on Twitter that Curran being a youngster has had a fine progression in his career so far.

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